December 2011
T'is the Season of Joy -- and "Rush!!"  


Welcome to TGIM Work-Life News, my 'Not-So-Monthly' newsletter! This is a sister publication to UNretiredLife -- both brought to you by Big Cheese Coaching.


Hello and Season's Greetings! I can't believe it's December already - just a tad away from the finish line of 2011. How did that happen so fast? It was just September a minute ago. Well - despite the 'speed of time'  I am happy December is here and looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Before I dive into my time off, I wanted to reach out to wish you the very best this holiday season.  


In gratitude and honour of my clients, friends and associates of Big Cheese Coaching and Chadnick Communications, I made a special holiday donation to: Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ve'havta. I feel blessed in so many ways and have chosen to give back to these two worthy organizations that do much to help heal our world in important ways. 


And a gift for you - well, metaphorically speaking :) that is. One of my annual year-end traditions is to reflect on a list of questions to celebrate and complete the year behind and get ready to start anew. And each year, I share these questions with my network (clients, colleagues, friends, family, readers, etc.) to guide your own personal reflection. Your what!? Oh yeah, for those new to my "stuff", I'm big on grabbing those important reflection opportunities and encourage you all to do the same. It's very gratifying to take a bit of time to recognize what went well and to set some intentions for the year ahead.  This year's list includes some new questions along with some of the old standbyes from past year's lists that are worth revisiting a whole year later. Scroll down for the story below with the Qs or check 'em out on my blog: 12 Questions to Complete Your Year and Start Anew.


Rushed and coping with the year-end frenzy? Work and life is busy all year but in December, it seems it's a whole new level of busy! Lotsa extra demands and pressure as we sprint to the year's finish line - it's rush, rush, rush'. Well, I provided a few tips on how to cope with the 'Season of Rush' to the Globe and Mail which they published last week. If you missed it, you can see the article here: Get Ruthless With the Season of Rush.
To a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season. Looking forward to a brand new year just around the corner. 'See' you soon!



Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC
Big Cheese Coaching and Chadnick Communications

Questions to Complete Your Year and Start Anew:   

If this looks familiar, you are right! I sent 12 questions your way last December. Alas, t'is a tradition that I do each year (so count on some more next December too!). Good questions are worth living in. That means revisiting them. The questions can stay the same, but depending on where you are (in your life experience, and the 'evolution of you') the answers may change! Some of this year's list borrow from past year's questions. And there are some new ones.


Drum roll please.....  




1) What went well?


2) In what ways did you grow and evolve in the 'evolution of you'?


3) What were some key lessons for you personally in 2011?


4) What do you need to clean-out or let go of right now to be ready to start fresh in 2012?


5) What personal accomplishments are you most proud of from the past year?


6) If there was a theme for 2011 for you personally, what would it be? i.e. "This was the year of ____."








7) What do you want for yourself in the year ahead and in what ways can you take responsibility for making that happen?   




8 ) What strengths (name at least 3) will you deliberately use more of in the year ahead to realize your goals?


9) In what ways will you take care of yourself to maintain your "Mojo" - resilience, energy, inspiration and sense of wellbeing?


10) What are your learning goals this year? If you had a 'learning agenda' what might be on that list?


11) In what ways will you contribute something to the 'greater good'  of _____ (choose a community or communities of choice)?


12) If the year ahead is to have a personal theme for you, what would that be? i.e. "This will be the year of ____" 






In the News 


As you may recall from previous newsletters, I have been invited to be a regular contributor the Globe and Mail career site (and occasionally paper) as one of the 'experts' in their "Ask an Expert/Coach" series. I've written quite a few columns these past few months in response to readers' questions. Topics related to how to deal with resume gaps; how to handle the 'salary question'; how to be a better manager -- and much more.  I've also been invited to comment on various other topics for other media's articles related to life in retirement; careers in retirement, etc.  If interested in any of these topics, you can check out these articles on my TGIMworklife blog -- at the "In the News" section.


And if you would like to check out past issues of TGIMWorkLife News, are posted here.



To a safe, joyful and wonderful holiday season. I will be back in touch real soon in the New Year. 


TGIM Work-life! (thank goodness it's Monday -- all week!)


Eileen Chadnick, PCC, ACPC, ABC

Big Cheese Coaching

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